We were seven and it was almost magnificent, hence the title. Reading your other reviews of smart casual and suits - they do not seem overtly fussed what you wear as I would scrape in as smart cashz, and you wouldn't get me in a suit, that aside, it does have white table cloths in a cordoned off part of the club house lounge. There was one big party of about 26, of adults grannies and vey well behaved young children - and us. Didn't see any corriders because we came in via the picture window opposite the fairway. The smokers outside marred the lounge bar with their pong but it did not reach where we diners were. We were served by a proficient friendly maitre d', and some nervous young waitresses. The bar isn't bad serving two guest hand pumped beers at £3.50 a pint, (not cheap) no port on offer and the house wine was a bit rough. As we were in company we went with the flow or we would have asked for the wine list. It was solely a carvery for £12.50 with four options from each of the three courses. Our vegetarian friend (a regular) telephoned in advance, a vegetarian tip worth knowing. They didn't know what they would be given but luckily they liked it. Comfortably seated at a round table we chose poached salmon with a puff of pastry or home made coarse paté with onion relish both with a salad garnish. All excellent, and a basket of complimenatry bread rolls and fleurettes of butter. We all went for the roast beef served slightly pink carved by the chatty chef. Mine could have been warmer and less firm but was very tasty. I could also have done with a sharper knife. Huge light fluffy Yorkshires, roasted and new potatoes, then a colourful mixture comprising of broccoli, carrot batons, and whole African beans, a bit fiddly if you don't like all of them, gravy served to you and sources not. I was at the vegetables before the servers appeared so there was a bit of confusion and an errant spud, which I put down to nerves and inexperience (on their part!)
Desserts are served to your table, individual tarte tatins with icecream, one was a tiny bit burnt on the underside but the diner didn't want to complain, a decent portion of sticky toffee pudding with cream, a cinnamon waffle light and airy with rum and raisin icecream, and an enormous strawberry cream slice followed by PROPER expressos! Excellent value, ambience and surroundings, nice people and a huge carpark with a beautiful view out on to the rolling countryside. Tip 2, it is advisable to book.
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